Jonathan D. Payton

Recent Publications

How to identify wholes with their parts. Synthese. Forthcoming in a special issue on mereology and identity.

How to identify negative actions with positive events. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96 (1): 87-101. 2018.   

The logical form of negative action sentences. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (6): 855-876. 2016.   

Complete list of publications, with links, available [here].

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

All actions are attempts.
Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. Upcoming, July 2019.

Composition, counting, and commitment.
Society for Exact Philosophy Meeting. Upcoming, May 2019.

All actions are attempts.
American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting. February, 2019.

Composition, identity, and ontological commitment.
Colloquium Presentation, Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta. February, 2019.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
Areas of Specialization: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Action

I currently hold a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, pursuing a project on the metaphysics of composite objects, and the thesis that such objects are numerically identical to their parts. I am also pursuing a project on the metaphysics of negative actions (e.g. intentional omissions and refrainments), and how they might be accommodated within the dominant metaphysical theories of agency. 

You can check out my CV here.


The Metaphysics of Negative Action
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, 2016
Committee: Sergio Tenenbaum, Jessica Wilson, Phil Clark, Michaela Ippolito (Department of Linguistics)
Readers: Gurpreet Rattan (Toronto), Helen Steward (Leeds)

This project was funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

In 2015, I placed in the Top 25 for SSHRC's Storytellers Competition. Video below.